Question: If De La Salle gets upset and Napa beats St. Mary's, would Napa get the North state D-I football bowl bid? If not, why? John Boyett and Jake Croxdale both should get strong consideration for section player of year. And one last thing, how is Napa viewed as a football program in Northern California? I think they get vastly overlooked as a solid program year in and year out.
-Brett Thompson, Napa
Answer: We are told that Granite Bay will get the nod over Napa for the Sac-Joaquin Section's D-I berth, no matter how the Indians do against St. Mary's. But neither Granite Bay nor Napa will be selected as the D-I North representative. If De La Salle loses, the 10 section commissioners are more likely to select either Oak Grove of San Jose (12-1), which won the Central Coast Section Open Division championship, or California-San Ramon (11-1), which is playing De La Salle for the North Coast Section title this week. A California win over the Spartans would be huge because DLS has won every NCS large-class championship since 1991. While the multi-talented Boyett should be a lock for the Player of the Year award just based on his leadership alone, the Indians don't get much recognition in Northern California because they haven't really established themselves as a section power. The Indians may be a solid program but they have yet to win a section title and have made only two finals apperances, losing the last one 28-0 to Nevada Union in 1994.
- Bill Paterson